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Free case review

We can advise you on whether you should proceed to investigate a claim free of charge. This often may involve accessing and reviewing your medical records without any cost to you.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid is available for limited cases – those relating to neurological injury during pregnancy, labour, delivery, or in the early neonatal period. Legal Aid comes with restrictions and for that reason you may decide that you would prefer to fund your case by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) otherwise known as No Win No Fee. This method can often enable us to pursue claims for damages faster with the best experts on board.

No Win No Fee (Conditional Fee Agreement)

This is an agreement between you and this firm which ensures that if you are unsuccessful in any investigation you will not have to pay any costs.   We offer this type of funding even when legal aid is available but this method is preferred. This package of funding has been carefully put together to ensure you have complete peace of mind that if your case does not succeed you will not have bills to pay.

We have made a commitment to all the families we work with that we will not charge a success fee if your child’s claim involves a brain injury or significant damage. This ensures your child’s damages are used as intended to fund future care and support.

Legal Expenses Insurance

You may be able to use a legal expenses insurance policy to pay for your legal costs and expenses.

Most insurers will instruct us to investigate matters for you given the complexity and our expertise, even when they have their own solicitors in place.

It is likely that your legal expenses insurance policy is insufficient to pursue your claim to its conclusion. It’s important to be fully advised upon this from the outset to avoid additional unnecessary expenditure for you at a later stage.

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Frequently asked questions
How will I fund my claim?

There may be several options open to you to include legal aid, No Win No Fee and legal expense insurance. We can advise you on the correct funding method for you. We have designed a No Win No Fee package to protect you from paying any costs should your claim not be successful.  

 

Do you offer Legal Aid?

Yes we do offer Legal Aid when this is available for clients. Legal Aid is restricted to claims relating to neurological injuries sustained in pregnancy, birth or the early neonatal period. Although we can pursue a claim for you using a Legal Aid certificate, there may be better funding options open to you to ensure your claim is dealt with swiftly and with the best experts. We can discuss this in more detail with you to advise you on the best way forward.

Will I have to pay for any investigation if my claim is unsuccessful?

We know how important it is to be reassured that you will not be financially liable for any unsuccessful investigation.  We have set up a funding package that ensures you will not have to pay any fees should your claim for damages fail.

How long will my claim take?

All claims are different and this depends upon when a final prognosis is known and a claim can be valued.

Once we obtain an admission of liability in your case we can request an immediate payment to help with your needs and put support in place.

What will the first steps be?

We will discuss your circumstances at a time and place to suit you – in person, at your home or on the telephone. We can request your medical records at the outset free of charge.  Once we have reviewed your records we can advise you further and appoint suitable experts to provide their opinion on your potential claim.

Will I have to go to court?

Medical negligence claims rarely go to court, with only a small percentage of the more complex cases ending up there. However, in the unlikely event that your case reaches court, we will be by your side throughout the process.

 

When will be damages be paid?

As soon as we possibly can, we will obtain an early payment for you to support any immediate financial needs you have.  This can help you obtain care, therapy, accommodation and rehabilitation. The sooner you investigate a potential claim the sooner an early payment can be made if you are successful.

 

What can I claim for?

The aim of compensation is to put you in the financial position you would have been in had it not been for the injury/negligence in question. We recognise that this is sometimes impossible, but we can work with you and the best experts to ensure all your needs are assessed and costed to help you transform your life for the better, and to give you financial security for the future. 

 

How much is my claim worth?

It is difficult to advise upon the value of your claim at the outset given the complexity of the issues involved.  However, if you have sustained a life changing injury then damages are likely to be substantial.  Once the correct expert evidence is obtained and when a final prognosis is known we can advise you further.  Our role is to maximise the compensation you receive and we specialise in doing so.

Are there any time limits to pursue a claim?

It is important to pursue your claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.

You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result.  However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.

For someone who lacks capacity to pursue any litigation, the 3-year time period may never start to run although capacity can return or be intermittent.

You should always seek legal advice upon the relevant limitation period in your circumstances.

 

Will my claim be reported in the press?

We will always respect your right to privacy wherever possible.  Sometimes, clients want details of any settlement to be made public or there may be publicity surrounding the case in certain circumstances.  If this occurs we can support you in managing any contact with the media to ensure you are in control of any publicity that occurs.

 

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